IQ Tests and Testing Are Myths

IQ wizardry and mythology

IQ Testing:

Wizardry? Mythology?


If you are a reader of this blog, you know that I have no love for IQ tests and IQ testing as a way to determine a child's, or an adult's, or a teenager's total intelligence.  


The tests measure aspects of cognition and are useful for learning many things about a person – but they should never be the one and only test used to make serious long term decisions about any person of any age.

Now there is some research that agrees with me

Researchers that took part in the study now claim that it is a "myth" to measure human beings intelligence using an IQ, but instead say that it can only be predicted by combining results from at least three tests of our mental agility.



An IQ test is NOT a universal, one shot, one dimensional way to find out about anyone's intelligence…









About the author

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

  • Cristin says:

    My husband and I opted out of NYS testing this year. I feel like these tests hurt a child’s self esteem. Not everyone excels at math and reading – and that doesn’t mean you don’t have skills. It is torture for kids who struggle in school. As a mom it breaks my heart.

  • Cheri says:

    The real tragedy in standardized testing in general is that so many people internalize those results, allowing them to define an entire life and self-worth. It will be good when school systems move to a more inclusive system that allows true ability to be identified.

  • Mercedes says:

    As a former elementary teacher, I hate standardized tests! There are so many more meaningful ways to evaluate progress and knowledge, but our school system is just not built to support them. I hated seeing so many creative students not accepted into the “gifted” program because hey did not have a certain test score. Thanks for sharing this info! Found you via ultimate blog challenge.

    • Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. says:

      Thank you for the comment. Although I have given thousands of IQ tests, I couch my reports in very careful words so that I don’t give major credence to the score but rather to the parts of it – which offer much more information.

      It’s a major reason I hate NCLB – when you make everything contingent on test scores, teachers teach only to the test and they do not teach the students how to think.


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